All About Arundel Aikikai

Our Location

Aikido martial arts classes are held in the main building of the Severna Park Community Center, located at 623 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park, MD 21146. Check with the center's amazing front desk staff if you've got questions when you arrive.

Budgeting additional time for travel and parking is always recommended, and Google Maps GPS and/or the Waze App for traffic alerts are both quite useful for spotting traffic issues. If you can't find parking in the main lot, there's plenty of parking in several immediately adjacent lots!

If you're running late though, no worries. Come on in and train!

Our Schedule

This Google calendar lists all martial arts classes and seminars currently scheduled for Arundel Aikikai. Classes are ongoing with open enrollment. There's no need to join a specific class or sign up for a period of time. Seminars are generally open to all active members / active members of other dojo. We'll be here working out and exploring Aikido - you're more than welcome to join in!

Our Instructor

For group activities, it is always important to know what you are getting into with an instructor. This is infinitely MORE important when the activity you're thinking of doing involves being deliberately being attacked. For fun. ... On purpose.

 

Christian Noll is the founder of Arundel Aikikai, and it's instructor. He has been training in the martial art of Aikido since 2007. He began training in Aikido at Aikido of Annapolis, a member of Capital Aikikai.  In 2010 he had the chance to provide regular cross-training sessions in Aikido to students at an Annapolis area sport-style Tae Kwon Do studio beginning in in 2010. By 2011 this had grown to include a dedicated Aikido class. In 2014 - After several years of growth and gains, Arundel Aikikai, LLC was formed out of this class. Christian currently holds the rank of shodan in Aikido through Capital Aikikai. In addition to teaching regular classes for Aikido students and cross training classes for Tae Kwon Do students, Christian has taught several Aikido-focused weapons seminars for Tae Kwon Do groups and camps.

 

Christian first began training in martial arts in 1999 in a classical/non-sport hard-style Tae Kwon Do with Chung Do Kwan USA, with whom he currently hold the rank of sandan. Training in this style created his emphasis on honest practicality in training.  The ongoing interpretation and examination of the style's 21 forms, one-step sparring, and other drills designed to test the material with partners created a great platform to appreciate the partner drills of Aikido.

Our Cost

 

ARUNDEL AIKIKAI RATES  
   
DOJO FEES AND RATES  
Mat fee / Drop-in attendance fee$20.00per person, per session
Annual dojo fee$120.00per family
   
DOJO MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPS  
Monthly memberships$100.00per month
Family discount: additional family members added at half-price$50.00per additional family member
Family maximum, regardless of family size$200.00family maximum
Capital Aikikai: Our parent-dojo

Our dojo is a member of the Capital Aikikai. To say I've enjoyed training and learning with them would be a drastic understatement. Use these posts to learn about who they are and where they are located.  If you join our dojo or another one in the area, I certainly hope to have the chance to work out with you on their wide and welcoming mats!

Clyde Takeguchi Shihan is the founder and director of Capital Aikikai. Takeguchi Sensei is a shichidan — a seventh degree black belt — and a Hombu-certified shihan instructor. He began his study of aikido in 1958 in his native Hawaii. In addition to founding Capital Aikikai in 1973, Takeguchi sensei founded the aikido clubs in Madison, WI, and Charleston, SC. He has taught aikido at the police departments in Honolulu and Madison, as well as at the US Customs Academy in Washington, DC.

There are many additional skilled martial artists and martial arts instructors associated with Capital Aikikai. We do our best to have guest instructors as often as time and students allow. 

The Aikikai: Our international organization

For folks new to Aikido, the Aikikai is the original Aikido association.  The Aikikai is headquartered (Hombu) in Japan.  On the Aikikai notes: 

Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created during the 1920s by Morihei Ueshiba, an expert who reached the highest level of mastery in the classical Japanese Martial Arts. Officially recognized by the Japanese government in 1940, the Aikikai Foundation is the parent organization for the development and popularization of Aikido throughout the world.

 

The Aikikai is led by the doshu, the living relative of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido. Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu, who is the Doshu writes

The Founder said it was more important to harmonize with people than to win by depending on power. Switching from ‘skills of fighting’ to ‘harmony’ is the purpose of training. Love is all “Ki (life energy)” based on “En No Ugoki (circle movement)”, “Irimi (entering)”, “DoChuSei (quietness in turmoil)” and “Chushin (immovable center)” to train our skills with each other. There is no conflict in this training. Aikido is “a way to absolute self-accomplishment.”  ... I will continue to strive and to cherish the spirit of harmony, eliminating the walls of country, race and religion, to make an effort to have this great Aikido appreciated by a great number of people. Also, I hope I will contribute to the society as much as possible through Aikido.